[Ha-seong Kim, ranked 6th in preliminary free agency selection by U.S. media “You’ll want to catch San Diego.”]

Ahead of Alonso and Goldschmidt 1st place Soto

Kim Ha-seong (29), whose four-year contract with the San Diego Padres of the U.S. Major League Baseball (MLB) ends at the end of the 2024 season, ranked 6th in the 2025 free agent rankings.

American media outlet CBS Sports ranked players who will become free agents after the end of the 2024 season on the 17th (Korean time).

Ha-seong Kim ranked 6th, beating Pete Alonso (New York Mets), who hit more than 35 home runs for three consecutive years, Paul Goldschmidt (St. Louis Cardinals), the 2022 National League Most Valuable Player, and Justin Verlander (Houston Astros), who won the Cy Young Award three times. I put my name up.

Ha-seong Kim, who signed a four-year contract worth $28 million (about 37.6 billion won) with San Diego ahead of the 2021 season, can enter the free agent market after this season ends. There is a mutual option with the club in 2025, but it is unlikely that Kim Ha-seong, whose price has soared, will delay exercising his free agency rights.

Last year, Ha-seong Kim played in 152 games and played very well with a batting average of 0.260, 17 home runs, 60 RBIs, and 38 stolen bases, and his value rose sharply when he won the Gold Glove Award given to the best defender for each position.

San Diego, who is downsizing this winter due to financial issues, has classified Kim Ha-seong as a trade target, whose price has soared through the roof. Local U.S. media outlets have selected the San Francisco Giants, Miami Marlins, and Pittsburgh Pirates as teams that need Kim Ha-seong.

However, CBS Sports mentioned the possibility of Kim Ha-seong's contract extension with San Diego. The media explained, “I am curious whether San Diego General Manager AJ Preller will present improved conditions to Kim Ha-seong for the 2025 season and sign an extension to further extend the contract period,” adding, “General Manager Preller will want to keep Kim Ha-seong in San Diego.” .

Meanwhile, CBS Sports selected Juan Soto (New York Yankees), Alex Bregman (Houston), Corbin Burns (Milwaukee Brewers), Jack Wheeler (Philadelphia Phillies), and Jose Altuve (Houston) as 1st to 5th in free agent rankings for the 2025 season.

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Pub: 18 Jan 2024 00:43 UTC
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